With the World Cup in Qatar fast approaching, we’ve put together a guide to the eight host venues for the winter showpiece, with Al Janoub Stadium in focus this time.
This article was originally published on 22 September 2022
Al Janoub Stadium will host seven matches during the FIFA World Cup, with six group games along with one Round of 16 knockout match in Qatar.
Purpose built for this World Cup, the Al Janoub Stadium hosted its maiden game on 16th May 2019 when it staged the Amir Cup final.
|When||20th November - 18th December 2022|
|How to watch||All matches will be shown on either the BBC or ITV|
|Odds||Brazil 9/2, England 11/2, France 6/1, Argentina 7/1, Spain 8/1|
Al Janoub Stadium is based in Al Wakrah, once a small fishing and pearling village, but now a growing city with 80,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in Qatar. Al Wakrah's eastern edge is on the shores of the Persian Gulf and Qatar's capital, Doha, is situated to the immediate north.
Initial plans for the Al Janoub Stadium were presented in 2014 as part of Qatar's World Cup 2022 plans. The stadium was designed by the architect Zaha Hadid and it reflects the wind-filled sails of Qatar’s traditional dhow boats – in tribute to AI Wakrah’s fishing and pearl diving past.
Al Janoub Stadium
Al Wakrah, Qatar
Al Wakrah Sports Club, Qatar national football team
16th May 2019
The capacity of Al Janoub Stadium for the 2022 World Cup will be 40,000. Thanks to its modular nature, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000 after the tournament, with the excess seats – from the upper tier – being donated to football development projects overseas.
The dimensions of the pitch at Al Janoub Stadium are 105 x 68 metres.
The Qatar national team have used the venue, while the regular sitting tenants are Al-Wakrah Sports Club. Founded in 1959, Al-Wakrah SC play in the Qatar Stars League, which they were winners of in 1998-99 and again in 2000-01.
What World Cup 2022 matches will be played at Al Janoub Stadium?
|Date||Match number||Group||Team 1||Team 2||KO time||Venue|
Al Janoub Stadium
|24th November||13||G||Switzerland||v||Cameroon||10:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
|26th November||21||F||Tunisia||v||Australia||10:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
|28th November||29||G||Cameroon||v||Serbia||10:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
|30th November||37||D||Australia||v||Denmark||15:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
|2nd December||45||H||Ghana||v||Uruguay||15:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
|5th December||53||Round of 16||Winners Group E||v||Runners-up Group F||15:00||Al Janoub Stadium|
The stadium was inaugurated in May 2019, with the 2019 Amir Cup final between Al Sadd SC and Al-Duhail SC played in front of 38,678 spectators.
The 2020 AFC Champions League Final between Persepolis from Iran and Ulsan Hyundai from South Korea was also held here, while it geared up for tournament life by hosting six matches during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021.